from Act I, Scene 2 of the Italian opera Rinaldo
by George Frideric Handel
Libretto: Aaron Hill
, a hero of the Christians, fiance of Almirena
Voice Part: countertenor Fach: countertenor
Setting: a romantic area with fountains, Jerusalem, Palestine, during the Crusades
Synopsis: After his fiancee Almirena is abducted by the sorceress Armida, Rinaldo sings of the sorrow and pain he feels.